With another day of most welcome sunshine and light winds this afternoon, I decided after work to make a very brief visit to Westbere Lakes to see if any more Norfolk Hawkers had emerged yet. I didn't arrive until 5pm and was hoping that as the temperature was dropping, that I might get a few perched opportunities. I was soon scanning the left hand dyke before the river and walking up and down a few times, I managed to find 2 Norfolk Hawker. I went back to where they were and watched them for a while before deciding to take some more photos of them. One was mostly flying up and down the dykes but was not pausing much in flight. I hope to find an accommodating individual soon which will give me a few flight opportunities and see if I can improve upon last years shots, not an easy task. I moved on to the second male which was spending a lot of time perching and although quite close, c3 metres away, it was a little distant for the Sigma 150mm macro so the trusty Canon f4 300mm was again used with some pleasing results. Yes I would like a clearer background but I was pleased with the image quality using the Canon 7d mk 1. These are probably my best efforts with them this year so far but hopefully more will emerge and I can continue to enjoy watching and photographing them. Hopefully I may make a visit after work again tomorrow although its supposed to be a little cloudier. Perhaps I will try and find that Norfolk Hawker exuviae I keep promising myself. Now that would be a good find.
Norfolk Hawker (male)